Lynchburg, VA to Gettysburg, PA., National Park
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Left Lynchburg and programmed my GPS to take me up to Gettysburg, PA. My GPS has a setting that routes you avoiding interstates and thats the way I prefer to travel. Secondary roads are much more interesting and really give you an opportunity to see the countryside. Well on this leg, that routing got me into some trouble. Going west, I found myself on a road that had signs warning any trucks over 65 feet to avoid it. Well, knowing me, I elected to continue ignoring the warning. What I found was a road that was very twisty with 15 to 20 mph signs on the curves as well as some steep hills. Towing 30 feet behind me weighing around 12, 000 lbs. made this leg of the trip very challenging and I was glad when I got to the other side of the mountains and back to a flatter section.
Up through VA., WVA., MD., and into PA where I arrived at the campground I had stayed at in the past. Artillery Ridge Campground is located right on the border of Gettysburg National Park and as a result very convenient to all of the battleground. The National Park Service had just finished constructing a new Visitors Center and that was my first stop. I was disappointed with the center as I thought the lighting could have been better and the layout of the displays could have been improved. At the center I also visited the Cyclorama which was great and should not be missed. It is a 377 foot circular painting of Pickett's charge. The painting was completed in 1884 and was recently cleaned and redone when it was moved to the new visitors center. It was quite crowded and at the bookstore I purchased the other 2 books in the Shaara trilogy about Gettysburg.
The next day, I decided to take the battlefield self guided tour. This is a tape/CD guide which makes stops at all of the interesting places on the battlefield and explains what happened at each stop. To do this tour right, plan on setting aside a full day. When I arrived at the Pennsylvania monument, I stumbled and fell on the road. Whacked my right elbow and my camera which was hanging around my neck swung around and hit the lens on the road. That's it for that camera, the lens was out and won't work any longer. Had to immediately go out and purchase a new one. Ouch, an expensive fall!
Touring Gettysburg is such a moving experience and if you have an interest in the Civil War, don't miss a visit here.
Summary: Elk Lodge Rv parking: 62; Escapee RV Parks, 27; Public RV Parks, 63; National Parks, 71; Major Ships, 17; Forts, 30
Expenses: 59 months on the road with a average of $1994 per month.